Friday, October 18, 2013

News from the Network, Vol. 6, No. 42


Interest in the new Just Third Way Edition of Fulton J. Sheen’s 1940 classic Freedom Under God remains strong, and now that the latest government crisis is “settled” we can expect more people to begin searching for real solutions instead of stopgap actions that ultimately only make things worse.  Naturally we recommend that people begin investigating the claims of the Just Third Way:

• Again, the big news is that a short time ago we released Freedom Under God for printing.  CESJ is now taking bulk/wholesale orders (please, no individual sales).  Until December 31, 2013, the per unit price for 10-99 copies is $16.00 (20% discount), for 100-499 copies is $14.00 (30% discount), for 500-999 copies is $12.00 (40% discount), and for 1,000 or more copies is $10.00 (50% discount).  Shipping is extra.  Send an e-mail to “publications [at] cesj [dot] org” stating how many copies you want and the street address (no P. O. Boxes) where you want them delivered.  We will get back to you with the total cost, how to pay, and estimated delivery time.  All payments must be made in advance, and orders are placed only after payment clears.

CESJ offers a 10% commission on the retail cover price on bulk sales of publications.  If you broker a deal with, for example, a school or civic organization that buys a publication in bulk (i.e., ten copies or more of a single title), you receive a commission once a transaction has been completed to the satisfaction of the customer.  Thus, if you get your club or school to purchase, say, ten cases of Freedom Under God (280 copies) or any other CESJ or UVM publication, the organization would pay CESJ $3,920.00 (280 copies x $20 per copy, less a 30% discount), plus shipping (the commission is calculated on the retail cost only, not the shipping).  You would receive $560.00.  Send an e-mail to “publications [at] cesj [dot] org” for copies of flyers of CESJ and UVM publications.  (CESJ project participants and UVM shareholders are not eligible for commissions.)

• Norman Kurland and James Burch had a meeting on Capitol Hill to discuss the “B Corporation” concept and how it relates to the expanded ownership movement and Justice-Based Management.  A key feature of the meeting was to introduce at least one legislator to the possibility of financing future growth with new money created by the expansion of commercial bank credit backed up with the Federal Reserve, returning the central bank to its original purpose of providing adequate liquidity for the private sector, not for government.

• Norman Kurland has been invited to lecture at Salisbury State University in Maryland on the need to reintegrate concepts of justice into business at all levels.  The lecture will be before a class of MBA candidates.

• The talk is now about granting a one-year “stay” on the personal mandate for “Obamacare.”  All of this could be avoided, of course, if there had been serious consideration of CESJ’s healthcare proposal.  There is, of course, still time, but it would have avoided a great deal of acrimony.

• We received an unofficial report of the outcome of the Mark Shea/Michael Voris debate that took place on October 8, 2013, and which was billed as “One Night.  One Fight.  Who’s Got It Right?”, a knockdown, drag-out intellectual slugfest.  According to the report (and as we predicted), it came to nothing.  Evidently the combatants agreed to disagree, an equivocation that means whatever you want it to mean, and doesn’t settle anything — just like the squabbling over the debt ceiling.

• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 61 different countries and 47 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months. Most visitors are from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, and Australia. The most popular postings this past week were “Aristotle on Private Property,” “Thomas Hobbes on Private Property,” “The Purpose of Production,” “The Fulton Sheen ‘Guy’,” and “Apocalypse Now?”

Those are the happenings for this week, at least that we know about.  If you have an accomplishment that you think should be listed, send us a note about it at mgreaney [at] cesj [dot] org, and we’ll see that it gets into the next “issue.”  If you have a short (250-400 word) comment on a specific posting, please enter your comments in the blog — do not send them to us to post for you.  All comments are moderated anyway, so we’ll see it before it goes up.

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